By Journal Staff
The Rev. Dr. John W. Williams and his wife, First Lady Wanda Williams celebrated their 34th pastoral anniversary at Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church, 2102 Mulberry.
The weeklong celebration started Sunday, Feb. 3, and ended Sunday, March 17. The theme was “I Must Work the Works of Him that Sent Me” from John 9:4.
The guest evangelist was Dr. W.C. Brown, pastor of Fifth Street and New Vision Church Missionary Baptist Church in Meridian, Miss. He preached nightly March 11-15.
“We thank God for providing us the opportunity to lead some of his chosen people,” said Pastor Williams, who’s also president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Toledo, Ohio, and Vicinity.
The church has seen tremendous growth in the neighborhood and the lives of men and women, he said.
Marriages have been performed, lives changed for the better because of the teaching and the preaching of God’s word, Williams said.
Williams pastors three churches: Eastern Star for 34 years; New Zion Baptist in Buffalo, N.Y., for 22 years; and Memorial Baptist, also in Buffalo, for eight years. He preaches in Toledo the first and third Sundays and in Buffalo the second and fourth Sundays.
“The Lord has blessed us with three great memberships,” Williams said.
On Thursday, March 14, Eastern Star’s youth and young adults presented Williams with a trophy and his wife a plaque for their appreciation to the church.